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Sia, Troye Sivan, Kylie Minogue Use Their ARIA Award Wins To Champion For Gay Rights

"No one’s lives and the people they love should be up for debate."

The Australian Recording Industry Association Music Awards took place in Sydney on Tuesday night and several musicians used their time on the stage to call for marriage equality in Australia.

Sia won Best Female Artist and had Angie Greene, the CEO of Stand Up Events and the ambassador for The Equality Campaign, accept the award on her behalf in order to deliver an important message.

“This award is for every single non-hetero and gender diverse person who can currently not marry the person that they love in this country,” Greene said. “Bottom line is, Australia, no one’s lives and the people they love should be up for debate.”

Kylie Minogue then appeared with her fiancé Joshua Sasse in matching Say I Do Down Under shirts, a campaign that Sasse helped to create to fight for marriage equality in the country.

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“You have a voice,” said Sasse, who vowed not to marry Minogue until same-sex marriage is legal there. “If we all stand together, we can bring Australia back on the right side of history and make 2017 the year that we all say, ‘I do,’ Down Under.”

Troye Sivan won the award for Song of the Year for his track “Youth,” and dedicated his win to LGBT youth.

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“This is for every gay Australian kid who wants to make music, you can do it and win an ARIA too,” Sivan said.

Adam Salandra is a writer, performer and host in Los Angeles. When he's not covering the latest in pop culture, you can find him playing with his French Bulldog puppy or hovering over the table of food at any social gathering.
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